space·​craft ˈspās-ˌkraft How to pronounce spacecraft (audio)
: a vehicle or device designed for travel or operation outside the earth's atmosphere

Examples of spacecraft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The space agency crashed a 1,260-pound NASA spacecraft into Dimorphos, 7 million miles away, and altered its orbit by 32 minutes. George Petras, USA TODAY, 29 June 2024 Before the latest mission, China had already successfully landed unmanned spacecraft on the far side of the moon and brought back samples from the near side, but the Chang’e 6 mission combined the two. Lyric Li, Washington Post, 27 June 2024 Instead of accelerating the spacecraft across a region of spacetime, his idea was to contract spacetime ahead of it and expand spacetime behind it. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 20 June 2024 SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft safely completed its first crewed mission — which appeared to go off without a hitch — in 2020. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 19 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for spacecraft 

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Word History

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spacecraft was in 1929

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“Spacecraft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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space·​craft ˈspā-ˌskraft How to pronounce spacecraft (audio)
plural spacecraft
: a vehicle for travel beyond the earth's atmosphere

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